November 29, 2014 at 12:37 am #3785
On November 28, 1973 (41 years ago today) I was working at WSAN, part time on the weekends while finishing up some courses for my EE degree at Lehigh University. It was a Wednesday. I had been working at WSAN about 2 months, but listening to the station much longer. After class I headed out to the station because it was a concert night at the Roxy Theater in Northampton, just outside of Allentown. WSAN had begun a concert series at the Roxy bringing up and coming artists to the Roxy for two dollar shows that year, and gave lots of airplay to these artists most of whom were unknown and not getting any coverage on mainstream radio. That day’s concert was somewhat special as his latest record release was incredibly good and everyone at the station knew the artist involved had a big future in music in front of him. When I arrived at the station, all the DJ’s were milling around. “Stick around” I was told by Denny Somach, I’m going to interview him on my show in a few hours. We all crammed into the tiny control room for this interview, and I remember some of the questions and answers to this day (especially some of the off mic ones). Check out this article about it from 2007.
http://www.popmatters.com/article/royal-treatment-bonded-billy-joel-to-allentown/November 29, 2014 at 7:43 am #3789duxruleParticipant
That’s very cool.December 23, 2014 at 12:01 pm #4858
Over three years have passed since a fierce storm barreled through the Indiana State Fairgrounds, ripping Sugarland’s stage apart and sending it crashing onto the assembled crowd. The tragedy killed seven people and injured nearly 100, but only now have the victims and their families finally received a settlement. The country duo, Live Nation and 16 other defendants agreed to pay $39 million to the plaintiffs in a class-action lawsuit that pointed to investigative reports that found failed safety standards and an insufficient emergency plan on behalf of the state fair.December 26, 2014 at 12:27 pm #4940
Renowned jazz clarinetist Buddy DeFranco — who collaborated with Frank Sinatra, Billie Holiday and other top singers and musicians of his era — has died at the age of 91, his family said Friday.
DeFranco, a member of the American Jazz Hall of Fame, performed at venues around the world for 75 years and recorded with musicians including Sinatra, Holliday, Art Tatum, Ella Fitzgerald and Tony Bennett. He conducted the Glenn Miller Orchestra for eight years from 1966 to 1974.
He was named a National Endowment for the Arts Jazz Master and later named a Living Jazz Legend in a Kennedy Center ceremony.
DeFranco was recognized 16 times with the Playboy All-Star award for top jazz clarinetist in the world.
DeFranco began his career as a teenager in Philadelphia and went on to play with legendary bands including Tommy Dorsey, Count Basie, Gene Krupa and Charlie Barnett.
Composer Nelson Riddle wrote the musical “Cross Country Suite” in 1958 for DeFranco, and Nat King Cole introduced DeFranco when he premiered the work at the Hollywood Bowl.
The annual Buddy DeFranco Jazz Festival is held each spring at The University of Montana in Missoula, Montana.February 16, 2015 at 1:29 pm #6870
Singer-songwriter Lesley Gore, who topped the charts in 1963 at age 16 with her epic song of teenage angst, “It’s My Party,” and followed it up with the hits “Judy’s Turn to Cry,” and the feminist anthem “You Don’t Own Me,” died Monday. She was 68.
Gore died of lung cancer at New York University Langone Medical Center in Manhattan, according to her partner of 33 years, Lois Sasson.
“She was a wonderful human being — caring, giving, a great feminist, great woman, great human being, great humanitarian,” Sasson, a jewelry designer, told The Associated Press.
Brooklyn-born and New Jersey-raised, Gore was discovered by Quincy Jones as a teenager and signed to Mercury Records. She graduated from Sarah Lawrence College with a degree in English/American literature.
Living guitar deity Eddie Van Halen was being honored as part of the Smithsonian Museum’s “What it means to be American” program, an initiative to explore the American experience.
The institution recognized Van Halen not only for his particular American journey as a Dutch immigrant, but also for his legacy as a inventor and innovator — someone who single-handedly (well, sometimes he used both hands) rewrote not only how guitars are played, but also how they are built. He spoke to the question: is rock & roll all about reinvention?
Here’s a guide to the 2015 Portland Jazz FestivalFebruary 22, 2015 at 12:08 am #7031
On this day in 1956, Elvis Presley entered the music charts for the first time with “Heartbreak Hotel.”
March 13, 2015 at 11:55 am #8070
Daevid Allen, a founding member of the influential jazz outfit Soft Machine and the driving force behind the prog-rock group Gong, died on Friday following a battle with cancer. He was 77. “Daevid passed peacefully in Australia today, Friday 13th at 1.05pm, surrounded by his boys,” a message posted on the Planet Gong site read. “Everything has stopped here in a house of tears. Tears first, celebration later.”March 24, 2015 at 11:52 am #8433
Randy Bachman, the force behind rock anthems such as “Takin’ Care of Business”, “Let It Ride” “You Ain’t Seen Nothin’ Yet” “These Eyes” “Laughing” “No Time” and “American Woman,” will be releasing his brand new album “Heavy Blues” on April 14, 2015 as simply Bachman.
“Heavy Blues” was produced by Kevin Shirley(AC:DC/Iron Maiden/Rush), features the rhythm section of Anna Ruddick on bass and Dale Anne Brendon on drums, along with an enviable list of Randy Bachman’s contemporaries stepping out with guitar solos including Neil Young, Peter Frampton, Joe Bonamassa, Robert Randolph, and the late Jeff Healey. Bachman will be touring extensively in 2015, with the first date starting in Milwaukee, WI on April 1.March 30, 2015 at 1:50 am #8836
The National Portrait Gallery at the Smithsonian in Washington, D.C. added a new piece to their collection Friday when they affixed a photograph of George Carlin to their prestigious walls. To celebrate the late comedian’s newest achievement, George Carlin’s official website has dug into the legendary comic’s vaults and unearthed rarely heard recordings from throughout Carlin’s career.
Carlin’s daughter Kelly Carlin told NPR of the project, “I have a box of audiocassettes that my dad had kept over the years, starting with shows in the 1960s, ones that were important him, kind of seminal moments in his career. And we’ve been listening to them and archiving them.”
One of the first performances uploaded on the Carlin site is a noteworthy one: In July 1972, Carlin was arrested at a Milwaukee Summerfest gig after delivering his obscene “Seven Words You Can Never Say on Television” routine. Carlin, who passed away in 2008 at the age of 71, was charged with disturbing the peace following the incident, but the charge was later dismissed. The “Filthy Words” routine was later put in front of the U.S. Supreme Court in 1978 after a New York radio station broadcast the routine, drawing the ire of the Federal Communications Commission and sparking a legal battle regarding what was acceptable to air.
Kelly Carlin is also working on a memoir titled A Carlin Home Companion that’s due out this fall. When asked whether her controversial, government-ridiculing father would approve of his picture being hung in the National Portrait Gallery, Kelly Carlin said, “I know he would have been thrilled, even though he was a man who stood up against all of our major institutions in this country. He was also a man who, because he had been kicked out of every institution he’d ever been a part of, like school and the Air Force, he had said to me and had admitted publicly that he craved acceptance from these places.”
Source: Rolling StoneApril 4, 2015 at 4:57 pm #9126
Robert “Bob” Burns, the former Lynyrd Skynyrd drummer who appeared on the band’s “Sweet Home Alabama,” “Gimme Three Steps” and “Free Bird,” died Friday night in a single-car accident in Cartersville, Georgia, the Cartersville Patch reports. He was 64. Burns was among the founding members of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame southern rock group and appeared on the band’s first two albums, 1973’s (Pronounced ‘Lĕh-‘nérd ‘Skin-‘nérd) and 1974’s Second Helping.
Here’s one that Bob co wrote with Ronnie Van Zant and Al Kooper, their first producer. From “Pronounced.”
The last album that guitarist Frank Zappa worked on prior to his death in December 1993 will finally be released this June. Titled Dance Me This, the LP is considered the Rock and Roll Hall of Famer’s 100th and final official release, ending a legacy that began with the Mothers of Invention’s landmark 1966 album Freak Out! According to a pre-order page on the Zappa official site, Dance Me This is due out June 1st.April 16, 2015 at 11:56 pm #9655
Don Henley has won a lawsuit against a Wisconsin outdoor apparel retailer for using his name to market a product.
The company issued an apology to Henley on its website, saying it was inappropriate to use his name and the song title. It also made an undisclosed contribution to a nonprofit Henley founded.
Former and long time Rolling Stones bassist Bill Wyman will release Back to Basics, his first solo album in 33 years, on June 22nd via Proper Records.
Wyman auditioned and was hired on 7 December 1962 as a successor to Dick Taylor, original Stones bass player who left to create and lead the band The Pretty Things. Wyman retired from the Stones in 1993 and has been involved mostly with his own band, The Rhythm Kings.
Black Sabbath, reunited, still touring and still feuding.
This weekend, Record Store Day will be flooding music outlets around the country with new releases, reissued classics and thousands of fans looking bring home a few of each. Where Jack White, for instance, is mass-producing his latest acquisition (the acetate from Elvis Presley’s first session), Bruce Springsteen is breaking down his recent Album Collection Vol. 1 box set, disc by limited-edition disc. The full list includes more split singles, old treasures and strangely-colored vinyl than any single person could possibly consume, so we’ve broken it down into a few tidy categories and selected the most essential records in each one.
Netflix has scooped up a new documentary on Grateful Dead co-founder Bob Weir, The Other One: The Long Strange Trip of Bob Weir, which will premiere on the streaming service on Friday, May 22nd, Variety reports.
An instant standard, the recently departed Percy Sledge‘s debut single and greatest hit, “When a Man Loves a Woman,” has been covered again and again over the past half-century: as a heartsick country tune, as a schmaltzy torch song, as lighter-waving rock & roll, as a jazz instrumental and even as a bizarre vaudeville/garage-rock hybrid. Here are 10 of the most notable versions.
Jack White Has Elvis Presley‘s First Recordings Digitally TransferredMay 5, 2015 at 1:06 pm #10391
50 years ago today the Grateful Dead played their first gig.
It was on May 5, 1965 ‘The Warlocks,’ who would later be known as the ‘Grateful Dead,’ played their first show, at Magoo’s Pizza Parlor in Menlo Park, CaliforniaMay 10, 2015 at 3:39 pm #10504Mrs.MerkinParticipant
And I’ll be attending their last shows together in CA and Chicago…Fare Thee Well.May 14, 2015 at 11:53 pm #10677
R.I.P. Riley B. “B.B.” King; September 16, 1925 – May 14, 2015May 26, 2015 at 12:20 pm #10984
Miles Davis would have been 89 today. He is credited as one of the most innovative, influential and respected figures in the history of music. His individual expression, emphatic interaction, and creative response to shifting contents had a profound impact on generations of jazz musicians. The video linked below is a live version of a song from the album “Kind Of Blue,” the biggest selling album in the history of jazz (RIAA certified quadruple platinum). It has been ranked #12 in the Rolling Stone magazine’s list of the 500 greatest albums of all time.
Happy Birthday Miles. The first song I learned on the guitar is a Miles Davis tune.
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